My brother inlaw couldn't understand why composting was so useful. He thinks it produces just plain old dirt, not nutrient rich soil. I decided to prove him wrong by showing him this picture.
4 Months ago I had this large pot sitting empty. No dirt, nothing. So I started throwing in some leaves, old grass, and other random plant matter. It got wattered when I watered the garden next to it, and even let water run through and drain nutrients into the garden(nothing survived the heat though). But it sat empty since we have pretty much no money so I couldn't afford to buy a plant for it.
Meanwhile, 3 months later I was trying to get wandering jew clippings to sprout in water, which I've done before. I think I tried too many in one pot though, as most started rotting, so I took them outside and planted them all in this pot. Probably about 8 were planted, but all but 3 got moved elsewhere. Now theres just these three a month later(now the present). No dirt, No potting soil, just compost, and three thriving plants!